Only Nicki Minaj can go on a TV show as popular as “The View” and school the predominately white audience on the underground hip-hop realm. Back when Nicki was still on the come-up, rapping in velour hoodies and pointy toe boots, she made a name for herself by performing on DVDs for exposure. That’s where Lil Wayne discovered her and asked her to fly out to where he was to join the Young Money movement.

Nicki’s brand continues to grow. The 29-year-old star released her own perfume and joined “American Idol” as the newest panelist. On top of that, she will be re-releasing her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.

“As a little girl growing up in Southside Jamaica, Queens, if anyone would have told me that I would have my own perfume one day and be able to inspire young black girls everywhere to go in Macy’s and Nordstrom and see their face staring back at them, I would have never believed it,” said Nicki.

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